090722smhterrorA-G moves to make prosecutions easier, prevent attacks – The Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, said last night that within weeks he would release a package of reforms to national security and counter-terrorism laws for discussion and consultationSydney Morning Herald

Inside Java’s production line of terror – The Australian


‘Arrogant’ Malcolm Turnbull under attackSydney Daily Telegraph

Wilson Tuckey criticises Liberal leader Malcolm Turnbull – Melbourne Herald Sun

In bed with the enemy – how Rudd keeps his critics quiet – Phillip Coorey in the Sydney Morning Herald writes how Kevin Rudd has made an art form of promoting conservatives to boards and key policy positions as a method of disarming his critics.

Health services

090722agehealthRudd health takeover planMelbourne Age


Coalition plan to avoid an early election – The Coalition could be ready to cut a deal on an emissions trading scheme by November in a strategy designed to avoid handing the Government a trigger for a double-dissolution election – Sydney Morning Herald

Economic matters

Last rate cut for some time – Borrowers may have seen the last rate cuts for some time with the RBA increasingly confident of an economic recovery starting within months – Melbourne Herald Sun

Mortgage belt loosens, but not for first-home buyers – Sydney Morning Herald

Recovery is on the way, says RBA board – Melbourne Age

Mortgage stress down but unemployment remains a big worry – The proportion of Australians feeling mortgage stress has fallen despite the global financial crisis, although the threat of unemployment looms large, a mortgage industry participant has found – The Australian

Australia and China

090722agefilmfestivalChina pulls films out of festival – Melbourne Age reports the abrupt departure of the three Chinese films (Perfect Life, Petition – The Court of the Complainants, and the short Cry Me a River) – has thrown the festival’s programming into chaos with at least six sessions being cancelled.

China’s Wuhan Iron and Steel Co to invest in two SA mines – Adelaide Advertiser

Brazilian giant secures better iron price in Europe – China’s hopes of securing cheaper iron ore contract prices from Rio and BHP have taken another hit, with Brazilian giant Vale restricting European contract prices to those agreed to by better-placed Japanese and Korean steel mills – The Australian

Shanghai mayor to raise Hu concerns – West Australian Premier Colin Barnett says the mayor of Shanghai has been receptive to requests for Australian authorities to be given greater access to detained businessman Stern Hu. Mr Barnett, who has met Shanghai mayor Han Zheng during a nine-day official visit to China, said he raised the issue of the Australian Rio Tinto employee during a one-on-one meeting with Mr Zheng yesterday – Sydney Morning Herald


Lynne Kosky under pressure as government admits train hell fault – Department of Transport secretary Jim Betts, told a parliamentary inquiry that it was not Connex’s role to upgrade train air-conditioning, one of the major causes of cancellations during summer. “It was the Government’s responsibility,” he said – Melbourne Herald Sun


‘Restore equality’ in school funding, Melbourne University report outlinesThe Australian


Make their lives count – Andrew Bolt in the Melbourne Herald Sun writes that Afghanistan was the “good” war that protesters against the “bad” Iraq war could back to show they weren’t all mush. But now that the war in Iraq has been won, suddenly that “good” war has turned “bad”, too.

PM must think like a war leader or quit field – Writes Paul Kelly in The Australian, Kevin Rudd and Barack Obama must win in Afghanistan because the alternative is unacceptable.

090722australianalbrechtsenBe like Garrett, ditch your ideals – Janet Albrechtsen in The Australian believes Peter Garrett’s experience in approving the first new uranium project in his time as Environment Minister is an important lesson about idealism.

Health credit card fits the bill – Ros Gittins in the Sydney Morning Herald looks at the way we pay for health care



Aso’s decision to dissolve Lower House comes too late – Struggling Prime Minister Taro Aso’s decision to dissolve the powerful House of Representatives has come too late, forcing the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to fight in a general election under the worst possible conditions – Mainichi Daily News


Battle for Iran threatens theocracyThe Australian


Pullout could lead to civil war, Australian Defence Force chief warns – Sydney Morning Herald

Papua killings

A mystery too many in Papua – he thick and dense tropical rainforest that covers most of the rugged and mountainous province hides not only many secrets but also inexplicable events. One of these unfortunately is a series of tragic fatal incidents – Jakarta Post


Kelly warns against regulatory overkill – Westpac chief executive Gail Kelly has warned the government not to over-regulate in response to the global financial crisis, saying more red tape could force the bank to pass on increased costs of compliance to customers – The Australian

Pay up: BrisCon calls in the debt collectors – Dozens of companies are at risk of being wound up and individual investors bankrupted as the toll road operator BrisConnections takes legal action against 135 former unit holders who failed to make payments on their units – Sydney Morning Herald

200 jobs lost as Lihir Gold quits Ballarat – Melbourne Age


PM Kevin Rudd told nuclear is best hope by Rio TintoThe Australian

Two Aussie icons to be considered as new seven wonders – The Great Barrier Reef and Uluru have made the final round in a global contest to select the new Seven Wonders of Nature – Sydney Morning Herald


Networks battle but media shares soarMelbourne Herald Sun

Google cleared of responsibility for indexing defamatory comments – A landmark ruling in the High Court has cleared Google of all responsibility for indexing defamatory comments that appear in blogs, news articles and forums – London Daily Telegraph


Swine flu

Swine flu kills baby and mother critically illSydney Daily Telegraph

Swine flu vaccine trials start – Adelaide Advertiser

Swine flu sweeps Palm island – The Australian

New age men

Boys taught to be sensitive ‘new age’ men – The seismic shift to start teaching Emotional Intelligence or “positive psychology” is taking place in some of Queensland’s most prestigious boys schools – Brisbane Courier Mail


The drink

Pubs want harsher penalties for violenceBrisbane Courier Mail

Top venues forced to use plastic containers instead of glasses – Melbourne Herald Sun

And other drugs

More councils introduce smoke-free outdoor areasSydney Morning Herald


Thai red tape delays moves to bring Luke Mitchell’s killers to justiceMelbourne Herald Sun